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2021 Top Women's D3 Lacrosse Schools

240 Colleges
$51,044 Avg Tuition & Fees*
76% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Women's Division III Lacrosse BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Lacrosse ranking.

After analyzing 240 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Women's Lacrosse athletes. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for D3 Women's Lacrosse athletes

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#1

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia
#25 in Quality in the United States

Washington and Lee University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D3 Women’s Lacrosse athletes. Washington and Lee University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lexington, Virginia that handed out 564 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Washington and Lee made $183,450 in revenue, while incurring $180,838 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,612 for the sports team.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Washington and Lee is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. The Colleges is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Geneva, New York. It awarded 594 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at The Colleges made $251,980 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. In addition to its great ranking here, The Colleges is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rhodes College. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Rhodes College took home $168,712 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Rhodes College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#4

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #4 on our list means Gettysburg College is a great place for D3 Women’s Lacrosse athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 722 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Gettysburg brought home $245,185 in revenue in a single year.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Gettysburg also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#5

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 240 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, The College of New Jersey landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Ewing, New Jersey, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,685 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at TCNJ took home $167,573 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, TCNJ is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #6, Oberlin College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Oberlin is a private not-for-profit institution located in Oberlin, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Oberlin made $118,390 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Oberlin also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#7

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Colorado College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Colorado College is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 581 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Colorado College made $248,131 in revenue, while incurring $242,480 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,651.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Colorado College also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Colby College

Waterville, Maine
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Colby College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Waterville, Maine, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 608 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Colby made $367,278 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Colby also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#9

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Middlebury College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse list. Middlebury College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Middlebury, Vermont that handed out 771 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Middlebury took home $238,667 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Middlebury also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Trinity College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #10. Trinity Bantams is located in Hartford, Connecticut and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 596 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Trinity Bantams brought home $248,316 in revenue in a single year.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Trinity Bantams also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

Denison University

Granville, Ohio
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #11, Denison University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Granville, Ohio, and it awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Denison made $233,649 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Denison excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #12, Messiah University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Messiah is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 636 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Messiah brought in $106,174 while tallying up $99,406 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Lacrosse team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $6,768 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, Messiah is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York
#22 in Quality in the United States

Hamilton College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Clinton, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 603 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Hamilton took home $261,003 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Hamilton also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Sewanee - The University of the South landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Sewanee is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sewanee, Tennessee. The school has a small population, and it awarded 432 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Sewanee took home $122,566 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Sewanee also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#15

Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Transylvania University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Transylvania is located in Lexington, Kentucky and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 272 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Transylvania took home $109,116 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Transylvania is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#16

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Muhlenberg College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Allentown, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 733 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Muhlenberg made $172,977 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Muhlenberg excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#17

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Babson College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wellesley, Massachusetts. It awarded 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Babson College took home $176,450 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Babson College also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#18

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Ithaca College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse list. Ithaca College is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Ithaca, New York that handed out 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Ithaca took home $189,059 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Ithaca is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Stevens Institute of Technology landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Hoboken, New Jersey, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 766 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Stevens brought home $212,880 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Stevens also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#20

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Wesleyan University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Middletown, Connecticut is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,096 students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Wesleyan U made $266,562 in revenue, while incurring $239,138 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $27,424, which isn’t bad at all.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Wesleyan U also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#21

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #21, Catholic University of America did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. CUA is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 830 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at CUA made $285,087 in revenue, while incurring $273,556 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $11,531, which isn’t bad at all.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. CUA excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#22

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Bowdoin College landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Brunswick, Maine. It awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Bowdoin brought in $316,627 while tallying up $252,072 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Lacrosse team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $64,555 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Bowdoin also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#23

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Skidmore College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, and it awarded 717 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at Skidmore took home $135,479 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Skidmore also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#24

George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

George Fox University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Newberg, Oregon, and it awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at GFU made $112,709 in revenue, while incurring $112,370 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $339.

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#25

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #25, Washington & Jefferson College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Washington, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 382 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Lacrosse team at W&J made $96,121 in revenue, while incurring $96,094 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $27 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, W&J also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D3 Women's Lacrosse athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 36 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York
#27

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
#28

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York
#29

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois
#30

Roger Williams University

Bristol, Rhode Island
#31

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California
#32

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York
#33

University of Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania
#34

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky
#35

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
#36

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Lacrosse ranking:

Rank College Location
37 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
38 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
39 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
40 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
41 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
42 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
43 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
44 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
45 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
46 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
47 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
48 Misericordia University Dallas, PA

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Revenue and expense information comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) website.
  • The academic progress rate (APR) of each team was made available by the NCAA.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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